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Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival presents its highlights

The celebrated 8th Annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, presented by Sundance Channel and Avis Rent-a-Car has unveiled the line-up of the best gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender films that will be featured during the 10 day event from April 21 to April 30. The screenings will take place at Regal Cinemas South Beach, Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, Colony Theatre and the Gateway Cinemas (located in Fort Lauderdale). The announcement was made today by Co-Directors of the Festival, ...

The Berlin Panorama Audience Award 2006

The audiences’ ballots have been counted: the Panorama Audience Award 2006 – which is sponsored by “radioeins” of RBB, Berlin-Brandenburg’s public radio and television broadcasting station, and Berlin’s city magazine “tip” in collaboration with the Berlinale’s Panorama section – goes to Bubot Niyar (Paper Dolls), directed by Tomer Heymann. The Panorama Audience Award has existed since 1999. Movie-goers of the 56th Berlin International Film Festival were asked to cast their ba...

Latin American Coprod forum in Mar del Plata

LATIN AMERICAN COPRODUCTION FORUM MFM 2006 emphasises the meeting among each of the countries of the region to facilitate the coproductions and, for that, it offers a meeting place among their representatives, within the framework of the Mar del Plata Film Festival’s Latin American projects market.The Forum’s objective is to unify an annual space where it converges the presentation of future Latin American coproduction projects. Supplies and Demands to build a cinematography maintainable in ...

Global Film Financing adresses new situation in the UK

GLOBAL FILM FINANCE 7 - BERLIN 2006 FEBRUARY 9th 20060900 – 1800Financing Conference during the 56th Berlin International Film Festival Business Centre, 3rd floor, Sony Style Store, Potsdamer StrasseFrom V for Vendetta to Match Point, the UK’s capital can always be relied on to deliver on screen. London hosted over 50 major features last year, but with new UK tax regulations due to come in to operation from April, the city is poised to become an even more popular destination.Find out what Lo...

Impressive 358,000 visits to Rotterdam Festival

The 35th International Film Festival Rotterdam attracted the same number of visitors as in 2005. The organisation registered 358,000 admissions to its films, exhibitions, debates, talkshows and other festival events. The festival closed on Sunday, 5 February 2006, with the Volkskrantdag. Together with the Holland Festival, the festival is organising a summer edition from Thursday 15 through Sunday 18 June 2006. The 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam will take place from Wednesday 24 Janu...

The Da Vinci Code will open Cannes Film Festival

The Da Vinci Code, directed by Ron Howard and produced by Brian Grazer and John Calley for Columbia Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, will open the Festival de Cannes (Cannes Film Festival) on Wednesday May 17, 2006. The film will be presented Out of Competition.The Da Vinci Code was adapted from Dan Brown's esoteric thriller with more than 30 million copies sold throughout the world. Top billing goes to Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou and Jean Reno with Paris's Louvre and Saint-Sulpice Church among ...

2nd Berlin Festival for Europa Cinemas Labels

Further supporting its ongoing campaign to promote European films, Europa Cinemas will return to this years Berlin Film Festival, awarding its Label prize to the best European film in the Panorama section (February 9-19).This marks the second year that the Europa Cinemas Label will be awarded at Berlin, and complements the Labels awarded at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes and the Venice Days section of the Mostra del Cinema.A jury of four Europa Cinemas exhibitors will award the Label at Berl...

DigiTraining Plus: New Technologies for European Cinemas

MEDIA Salles, the initiative on behalf of European cinemas, with the support of the MEDIA Programme and the Italian Government, is promoting the third edition of the exhibitor training course:“DigiTraining Plus: New Technologies for European Cinemas”Kuurne, Belgium5 - 9 April 2006in collaboration with BARCO,to be held at Barco headquartersMain topics:The present state of the European and international market for digital screeningOverview of technologiesExhibition and DistributionDigital Cine...

A conversation with Selvaggia Velo, River to River Director

A conversation with Selvaggia VeloFestival Director; ‘River to River’ Florence Indian Film FestivalWendy DentSV: How did it begin? In ’98 I organised an exhibition of Bollywood movie banners. Still Bollywood was not fashion in Europe. And so this was done, and then in ’99 we invited those same painters, artists, to have a live show during the Florentine summer. There are a lot of events during the summer here in Florence, the start of Fiorentina. And so those painters were coming and ...

Hairy Indian Opener in Florence River to River

One of the nice things about this European based Festival of Indian films is that it is not limited exclusively to films from India itself, but also includes work by Indian filmmakers in the Diaspora as well as works by Non-Indian directors dealing with Indian subjects. The most powerful film of the fest so far was "Murder Unveiled" by Canadian based director Vic Sarin, born in Kashmir but long resident in Canada with more than a hundred films to his credit. The catalog calls this a "modern day...

SIGNIS Award in Sithengi to 'The Educators'

At the Cape Town World Film festival, organised in the frame of the TV market Sithengi, the SIGNIS Jury gave its Prize to "THE EDUCATORS" by Hans Weingarter (Germany). "In this dogma-styled German film, idealistic youngsters confront capitalism in a dearing and sometimes humorous way. It is a story about three young pseudo-revolutionaries who break into wealthy families' homes, leaving messages behind with statements such as "You have too much money". One day it runs out of hand and their action...

RESFEST Montréal 1st edition calls for a second

RESFEST is thrilled with the success of its 1st edition in Montreal, which took place November 25-27 at Ex-Centris. More than 3500 people (over 90% of screenings were sold-out!) showed up for an exciting and diverse program of shorts, music videos, animation and features from around the world. The attendance of prestigious guests Stéphane Sednaoui and Michel Gondry to launch the festival was a very privileged moment, especially when the two film makers shared their visions of the cinema and the...

Dubai Festival has a role in improving portrayal of Arabs

Dubai Film Festival a Vital Platform in Improving Portrayal of Arabs, Muslims in Mainstream Cinema, Says US ExpertNegative stereotypes unchanged since 9/11, according to Arab-American scholar Dubai, December 5, 2005 – The Dubai International Film Festival can play an integral role in shattering the negative stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims that permeate mainstream American cinema, the world’s leading authority on media stereotyping of Arabs and Muslims has said. Dr. Jack Shaheen, author of t...

Anticipation, excitement at Dubai Fest program unveiling

Organizers Deliver on Promise of Bigger, Better Second Dubai International Film Festival: DIFF team announces 6 world premieres Seven days, 98 films from 46 countries and a galaxy of the film elite from the Arab world, Asia, Europe and the Americas – the building blocks of the second Dubai International Film Festival generated much excitement today when Festival organizers unveiled the entire 2005 line-up for the first time at DIFF epicenter Madinat Jumeirah. Building rapidly on the success of...

Local Film Culture, Global Exchange - 1 day conference in London

The Independent Film Parliament (a consultative forum for pluralism and diversity in film culture) presents Local Film Culture, Global ExchangeWednesday 30 November 2005 Institut Francais, LondonThis one-day discussion of film culture and policy, with national and international speakers from the industry, is the first of its kind in London, following on from the first parliament held at the Cambridge Film Festival in 2003. Speakers include Peter Grant, author of 'Blockbusters and Trade Wars', an...

Media Desk Netherlands confirmed support to 8 dutch prods

In conjunction with the EU’s Media Programme, MEDIA Desk Netherlands has confirmed today that 8 Dutch production companies have been awarded Development Support of which seven applicants were awarded ‘slatefunding’ and one for a single film development. The 8 Dutch companies will receive a total of €730,000, 4,4% from the grand total of more than €16.8 awarded by MEDIA. Only the five largest countries, France, Germany, UK, Italy, Spain followed by Ireland at 4,6%, received more money...

European Film Promotion in the US Bi Coastal screenings

EUROPEAN FILM PROMOTION BI-COASTAL SCREENINGSEuropean Film Promotion (EFP), the trans-European organization that represents the interests of European film promotion agencies in 30 countries, concluded a bi-coast promotion effort to bring an exciting group of new European filmmakers to the attention of US distributors, programmers and the press.EFP began its efforts earlier this month with a special program entitled NEW FACES OF EUROPEAN CINEMA, presented in conjunction with the AFI Fest in Los A...

Resfest stops in Montréal

RESFEST The best shorts, animation, music videos, motion graphics and features.Coming to Montreal November 25 – 27 at Ex-Centris RESFEST is coming to Montreal! The global film & video extravaganza, RESFEST 2005 is traveling to 35 cities on six continents for its ninth annual international tour and, for the first time, will be presented in Montreal. The RESFEST Montreal team, which includes Victor Shiffman (Transform Media), Yanick Letourneau (Périphéria productions), programmer Danny Lennon ...

European Coordination of Film Festivals, lobbying power

The European Coordination of Film Festivals will promote 9 European films at next Sao Paulo International Film Festival.This project is part of the framework of the action in Third Countries festivals, with the support of MEDIA.The European Coordination of Film Festivals, a European Economic Interest Group (EEIG) brings together more than 230 festivals of varying scale and with a wide range of special interests, all of whom are committed to the defense and promotion of European cinema. All Membe...

41st Chicago Festival in action with 100 feature films

The Chicago International Film Festival, the oldest competitive international film festival in North America, will raise the curtain on its 41st edition on October 6, then run through October 20 at Chicago theaters. Film fans will be able to choose from 100 feature films and 42 short films from 34 countries.The 2005 Festival will include three world premieres (The Trouble with Dee Dee, Feast and The Unseen), 11 North American Premieres and 34 U.S. premieres. “Our lineup truly offers something...

The Very Latest New Wave at Central Asian Film Fest

Central Asian Film Festival at the Pacific Film ArchiveThe notion of 'new wave' is probably one of the most meaningless concepts used in film criticism. Since the French nouvelle vague of the sixties, each time a nation produces two or three talented directors, the critics start to talk about a new wave. If this term had existed in the twenties, German expressionism and French impressionism would surely have been described as such. In the last four decades, however, there are few new waves that ...

EFP at the Pusan International Film Festival

European Film Promotion brings a strong delegation to Pusan Celebrating the 10th edition of Asia’s leading Film Festival: Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF, 6 – 14 October 2005)With a delegation of 30 European actors, directors and producers from 13 different countries European Film Promotion (EFP) will be in South Korea in October to celebrate the 10th edition of the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF, 6 – 14 October 2005). This diverse and talented group of young, up-and-comi...

Festival de Rio: showcase for Latin American cinema

Rio International Film Festival 2005 September 22 through October 6The Rio Int'l Film Festival (Festival do Rio), taking place in one of the world's most famous cities September 22 - October 6, will light up Rio de Janeiro with the brightest and best of world cinema. The biggest and most important showcase for Latin American cinema, and one of the biggest in the world, this year's festival will play host to more than 300 features and documentaries from 60 countries with screenings spread over 35...

Shriekfest Film Festival kicks off

The 5th annual Shriekfest Film Festival (a celebration for filmmakers and screenwriters of all ages) will take place at Raleigh Studios 5300 Melrose in Hollywood, CA (From the 101 freeway, take the Gower exit South to Melrose, go Left and the studios will be on the right across from Paramount Studios) there is plenty of street parking and a paid parking structure The fest will kick off with a panel of horror filmmakers September 10th sponsored by LA Indie Film Group, then continue with an openin...

Raindance Film Festival 2005 will open in a month

Europe’s largest independent film festival Raindance, now in its 13th year, will run from September 28 – October 9 at cinemas throughout central London.Specialising in first time directors and showcasing over 200 shorts from the best and brightest of new talent, the Raindance Film Festival 2005 returns to London cinemas this September promising to screen some of the most inspiring and challenging films from around the world. Highlights of Raindance 2004 saw a collection of groundbreaking ind...